Last month we wrapped up our annual ROTC Biometrics and Forensic Internship, hosting a dozen top-notch Cadets to help them gain skills that will help the US Army continue to be the best in the world. We are committed educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college or basic ROTC training.
Every summer since 2009, NFSTC@FIU has offered a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship for a cadre of 12 ROTC Cadets from around the country.
The ability to properly collect and document evidence in hot zones and battle sites provides actionable intelligence and identification information that can make the difference for soldiers. This year’s Cadets received unique training similar to that provided to our Department of Defense customers. From DNA and digital data to firearms and fingerprints, these students were immersed in a field of growing importance to our nation’s security. As future leaders in the nation’s military, this internship also builds skills such as leadership, decision-making, and prioritizing actions under pressure.
The ROTC Cadets were hand-selected from colleges and universities from across the country for the program that costs up to $50,000 to host. NFSTC@FIU provides this experience at no cost to the students or command as part of our continuing commitment to educating future Army leaders.
So what happens next? Some of our former students have kept in touch and had this to say about their experiences:
Cadet Edgar Perez
Northern AZ University
Most recently, I have completed an internship with Arizona’s Department of Public Safety crime lab in Phoenix where I impressed many of the forensic scientists with my base knowledge of forensics. I impressed the latent print examiners with my ability to powder and lift prints.
Cadet Travis Reed
Kansas State University
I was able to use a large majority of our training this fall when I gave a lecture presentation on biochemistry and how it relates to forensics. I was able to use the ALS that was given to us in my presentation, which everyone found very interesting. Unfortunately after NFSTC, I can rarely watch a TV crime drama without spotting a technical error or a case of “fauxrensics.”